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“Jesus Multiplies the Loaves and Fish” from Art in the Christian Tradition,
a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.


Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
August 2, 2020


Worship from Home 

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Join us at 11 a.m. for Communion, Prayer
and on-line "coffee hour" this Sunday. 
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Call Pastor Sue at 860-759-4231 if you are having trouble
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Fellowship of Concern   Please keep in your prayers: those affected by the CoVID-19, especially the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Jim Hoffman and family; Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Kay Lautzenheiser; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Bruce Sawyer; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; Sarah Ouellette; Doreen Hess; and George McCullen (and wife Arline);  Mary Bliven; AJ Gumbert (after leg surgery and for long recovery); and Paul Ames (after hip surgery).     Prayers of celebration for the 1st birthdays of Pam Cohane's grandchildren this week:  Matteo (Charlotte & Chris) on July 28th; and Ariana (Shannon & Jesse) on July 30th. 
 
Shop Our Church-Made Pies
This summer we will  sell pies only at the Sunday, Mystic Farmer’s Market on Pequotsepos Road.
The market hours are Noon till 3 pm.
Just come to the market and look for us
OR order ahead by calling the church (Monday through Thursday. 9am – 1 pm) and then come to pick up your pie(s) at the market.  $15.00 or Small Pie $7.


Cans & Bottles  Can be brought to the church in moderate amounts now.   Thank you.

MISSION GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
Food stuffs for PNC
:  are still needed.  Items can be dropped off outside church off in the plastic bin.  Thank you! 

New London Homeless Hospitality Center is always in need of items. 
If you shop online you can have these items delivered to the church! 
We will make sure it gets brought to the shelter. 
AND - we can help folks transitioning from homeless to home!  More info to come.

For Shelter needs see below: 
     Kitchen/Food Needs
Disposable Plates       Disposable Cups
Disposable Utensils     Napkins
Canisters of Coffee      Coffee Creamer
Sugar packets/Bags     Tea Bags
Instant Oatmeal             Hot Chocolate
Toiletries (travel size)   Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
Toothbrush/Toothpaste     Dental Floss    Mouthwash
Razors and Shaving Cream
Lotion     Combs
Deodorant        Feminine Products
     Miscellaneous Needs
Pillows     Blankets
Paper Towels       Detergent Pods
Masks               Cleaning supplies
      Clothing Needs
Undergarments (new)
Socks
Hoodies
Backpacks

This Summer and Fall, there will be no collection of items for the
School Kits due to the pandemic and the church being closed. This
project will resume next summer.
Thanks again for everyone’s support.



REMEBERING OFFERINGS AND PLEDGE PAYMENTS: Thanks to all who are mailing in regular checks or sending offerings online.  We hope you are able to continue in your generosity as our staff is continuing their work and the bills still need to be paid.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder, we hope!
You can use PayPal on our website.   

TENTH SUNDAY of PENTECOST                                   2 August 2020

“As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

 

PRELUDE                  "On Wings of Song" - Menelssohn,
                                          Michele Macina, flautist 
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

*CALL TO WORSHIP                        based on Psalm 145:8-10, 13
            The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
            very patient, and full of faithful love.
The Lord is good to everyone and everything;
            God’s compassion extends to all God’s handiwork!
All that you have made gives thanks to you, Lord;
all your faithful ones bless you!
            Come, let us worship our God,
Whose faithfulness endures forever.

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION  
Lord God, to worship is serious business. The world is out of joint, and our lives are out of joint. Generally we do our best, but You see what we are really like.  Sometimes we know very well we have gone wrong.  Sometimes we just know that Your holiness is beyond us.  And yet Your compassion flows over all You have made.  Have mercy on us.  Forgive what is wrong,  strengthen what is right, and guide us in the right way,  for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.  Hear us as we pray…
 
PERSONAL CONFESSION
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
      Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God       
      through our Lord, Jesus Christ. 
We stand in grace and rejoice in hope!  Amen. 
 
GLORIA PATRI  (#759)
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 
 
THE PEACE    May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.                                       
 
SCRIPTURE LESSONS                                   Isaiah 55:1-5                                                                                          Matthew 14:13-21
TIME FOR CHILDREN
 
SERMON                                        Fed and Watered                          

MOMENTS OF SILENCE

HYMN #344              The Time Was Early Evening                  Afton Water

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION
The Invitation
            At this table we gather, whether it be alone or surrounded by family, at a table or on the lawn, we come to meet Jesus here. 
As we come to the table, we remember Jesus’ words:
‘When you celebrate, be sure to . . . share something with folk
who are different in their outlook from yourself.’
            Jesus also said: ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me    will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never      be thirsty.  Come to me, I will never turn you away.’
So we find joy in this, and encouragement to bring what we are and what we have to God, for Jesus to make things better. 
            For this we give thanks, and join as one with all God’s people
            the church that was and is and will be:  
Holy, holy, holy Lord.  God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest!
 
Words of Institution
Prayer of Consecration and Lord's Prayer     ("debts” and “debtors”)
Sharing the Elements
 
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Almighty God, we give you thanks for the gift of our Savior’s presence in the simplicity and splendor of this holy meal.  Unite us with all who are fed by Christ’s body and blood, that we may faithfully proclaim the good news of your love.  May your universal church be a rainbow of hope in an uncertain world, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer we pray.  Amen
 
HYMN #588                         Let Justice Flow Like Streams                      St. Thomas
 
BENEDICTION         
        
POSTLUDE                     "Postludium" - Gordon Young         

Worship Notes:    
Today’s Special Music is offered by flautist, Michelle Macina. Michelle is entering the 10th grade at Wheeler High School. She is a member of the high school band, has performed in regional music festivals and the Thames Valley Youth Symphony. She has performed with the Hartt School of Music Youth Wind Ensemble and studies flute with Jill Maurer-Davis. Michelle has performed for us many times and we welcome her back with us today.                                                               
“On Wings of Song”, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Public Domain. 
“Postludium” , by Gordon Young.  copyright 1987, Harold Flammer Music. All Rights Reserved. 
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, Horatius Bonar, 1846; CCLI #: 2642822; tune Evan, William H.  Havergal, 1847.  Public Domain.  CCLI #: 4030281
The Time was Early Evening, Graham Maule, John L. Bell, 1988; Tune Afton Water, trad. Scottish Melody.  CCLI #: 2013365
Let Justice Flow Like Streams, Jane P. Huber, 1984; St. Thomas, Aarn Williams’  New Universal Psalmodist, 1770.  CCLI #: 591745
Hymns from the New Century Hymnal ©1995 The Pilgrim Press.  Permission is granted for this one-time use.      
Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 
"Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.”
Prayer of Confession adapted from Rev Jock Stein, retired Minister, formerly of Tulliallan and Kincardine. 



 

As an eagle stirreth up her nest … so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.        - Deuteronomy 32:11-12 (KJV)
        Social grievance and angry protests across the country. School systems thrown into quandary over online leaning. Racial tensions at boiling levels. Political polarization and personal stress. Mounting pressures imposed by an unabated pandemic.
        The daily disruptions we encounter are more than just disquieting. They run deep and shake the institutional foundations that once constituted our social order. The Coronavirus and the virulent strife over longstanding racial injustice have upended the world as we once knew it.
        We look to God and Scripture for help.   If we look closely, what we find are not reliefs from our turmoil but reasons to engage it. The God who leads us beside still waters is also the God of our most disturbing provocations.
        For eagles, the first step in learning how to fly is to get out of the nest. The very structure upon which the nest is built must be left behind if the eaglets are to realize their wings and find their potential in the air. .                   -Kenneth Samuel
 
Global Ministries Prayers for Nicaragua: Today, like Jesus, we too look from afar at the burials of our beloved dead because of the pandemic. We look from a distance, we cannot even live the human and cultural ritual of saying farewell to our deceased. As in our world, so also in Nicaragua, we ask for health, for medicines and health equipment, and for sufficient care centers in the face of this pandemic, and we also ask in prayer for the medical personnel who are exposing their lives. We beg for the indigenous and black Nicaraguan populations, for their more distant communities, that they might be able to be reached by health care personnel and receive what they need for the affirmation of life in abundance. Thank you for reminding us daily to show your image and likeness in this world from which we clamor for unity in your church, in order to multiply our actions together to attend to the needy. Amen!

Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton  
    
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm
--Please Note:  due to our concern to protect one another, if you plan to visit the office, wearing a mask is required and entry is only by the front door (near the ramp).  Call ahead or call from the parking lot when you arrive so someone can let you in.  Thank you. 

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